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Student Residences


Bittner Residence, originally known as East

Bittner Residence

Bittner Residence

This traditional residence hall, built in 1973, now accommodates 190 students.


Fry Apartments

The Fry Residence is home to 52 units of apartment-style residences for students. Built in 1981, the apartments underwent extensive renovations in 2006-2007. The building is named in honor of Leonard S. Fry, a noted businessman and philanthropist.


Grantham Residence

The famous campus “fishbowl” is a distinguishing feature of the Grantham Residence, a 200-person residence hall connecting Miller and Hess Residences.  The fishbowl is a large, main lounge outfitted with televisions, comfortable furniture, and recreation area. The building was constructed in 1996.


Hess Residence

The Hess Residence was dedicated in 1971, in honor of Enos Hess, third president of Messiah. The residence was built on land where the Hess farm originally stood. Today, hall houses 140 students.


Kelly Apartments

Built in 1989, the Kelly Residence provides 41 units of apartment style living for students. The building is named for Wayde and Glenda Kelly, enthusiastic supporters of the College and its values.


Mellinger Residence

The Mellinger Residence was built in 1985 thanks to the generosity of Abram D. Mellinger, a developer from the Lancaster area, and his wife Gladys. The 41-unit building provides additional apartment style living options for students.


Miller Residence

Originally named Mountain View, the Miller Residence is a traditional, all-male residence for about 150 students. Completed in 1966, the building was renamed in 1973 in honor of David Miller, a member of the class of 1949 who passed away before completing his education.


Mountain View Residence

The building currently known as Mountain View Residence (Miller Residence was once called Mountain View as well) is home to 200 students.  Built in 1997, the building connects Bittner and Sollenberger Residences to create what is known as South Complex. The building also once housed the popular Wilbur’s Café, and now houses the South Side Café, a student-run ice cream and coffee shop.


Naugle Residence

The Naugle Residence was built in 1983 to provide traditional housing for students. Now, the residence is home to approximately 250 first-year students. The building is named for Edwin and Peg Naugle. The Naugles, generous supporters of the College, are also remembered for supplying six or seven bushels of apples to students living in the residence during finals week.


Schrag House, serving as the Rafiki House

Rafiki, which is Swahili for “friend,” is the appropriate moniker for the Rafiki House, a special housing for international students and missionary kids who are studying abroad at Messiah. This residence can house seven students. In addition, many students visit the Rafiki House for meals, Bible studies, or times of prayer.


Smith Apartments

Smith Apartments

Smith Apartments

After the Smith Hall of Music was torn down, the College opted to honor its first president, S. R. Smith, by naming a residence hall after him. In 1979, Smith Apartments was completed.


Sollenberger Residence

The Sollenberger Residence was completed in 1968 and can house approximately 180 students. The building is named in honor of Mary V. Sollenberger.


Witmer Residence

Originally named the Woodside Residence, Witmer Residence now provides traditional housing for about 280 first-year students. The building was constructed in 1988 and is named in honor of John and C. Jeannette Witmer.




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